What Is Elder Law?

The Law Offices of Emily Ann Klotz

New York Elder Care & Guardianship Attorney


The term “Elder Law” can be misleading. Elder law attorneys advocate on behalf of the elderly, the infirmed, persons needing long term care and their families. The field of elder law is broader than just traditional estate planning, although it can include estate planning. Elder law emphasizes the older or disabled person, and his or her current and future needs, while alive. Estate planning is planning for what happens when you die; elder law is planning for what happens while you are alive. It focuses on taking steps to ensure that the client lives his or her life with dignity and control over the circumstances of his or her life. In establishing a plan with the client, elder law attorneys assist the older or disabled person to achieve client goals while alive, not simply to benefit heirs following death.


The Law Offices of Emily Ann Klotz can assist you in planning properly for your future or for a loved one’s needs, in order to ease the possibility of economic hardship, reduce emotional distress and cope with the difficulties of aging.


Although each person and each situation is unique, the areas that may need to be addressed include the following, all of which are handled by our office:

  • Guardianships
  • Long term care insurance
  • Reverse mortgages
  • Wills and Testamentary Trusts
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Real estate issues
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Spousal protection
  • Protection of the elderly from abuse
  • Protection of disabled family members
  • Protection and preservation of property and assets
  • Transfer of assets
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health care proxies and living wills
  • Estate planning


The Law Offices of Emily Ann Klotz provides each client with the education and information necessary to understand the complex issues surrounding aging and disabilities. Through the preparation of appropriate legal documents, options and choices become available to the individual or family to manage future age-related, mental or physical disabilities.


We believe in a comprehensive approach that addresses all present and future issues. Our office regularly works with professionals in the fields of medicine, social work, geriatric care management and accounting.